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A Year in Provence [Signed] by  France] Illustrated by Leslie Forbes  Peter [Peter Mayle (14 June 1939 - 18 January 2018) was a British author noted for his memoirs of life in Provence - Signed First Edition - 1989 - from Little Stour Books PBFA and

A Year in Provence [Signed]

by Mayle, Peter [Peter Mayle (14 June 1939 - 18 January 2018) was a British author noted for his memoirs of life in Provence, France] Illustrated by Leslie Forbes

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Published by Hamish Hamilton Ltd., The Penguin Group, 27 Wrights Lane, London 1989. 1989., 1989. Hard back binding in publisher's original blue cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine. 8vo. 9'' x 5½''. Contains [x] 197 printed pages of text with monochrome illustrations throughout. Fine condition book in near Fine condition dust wrapper with one short closed tear to the top of the lower corner, spine colours not faded, not price clipped £12.95. SIGNED by the author from his farmhouse at the foot of the Lubéron mountains 'To Jan and Eric - Come back soon Pete, 1st March 1991.' We know who Jan and Eric were, and will pass on our written provenance to the prospective purchaser of the book. Dust wrapper supplied in archive acetate film protection, it does not adhere to the book or to the dust wrapper. Member of the P.B.F.A. ISBN 0241122201

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In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Luberon with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhone Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provencal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.From the Trade Paperback edition.


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On Dec 17 2010, feeney said:
  "Are you shivering in your shoes this December? Well, don't go to southern France, Provence in December expecting to get warm. It is cold there too. Author Peter Mayle describes Provence as being a cold country with lots of sunshine. Lots of mistrals, too: the terrifying winds verging on hurricanes that can leave you housebound for days. Month after month, from January through December, author Peter Mayle, in A YEAR IN PROVENCE, relives the first year that he and his wife spent in an old farmhouse. They coped. They renovated. They hired temperamental workmen. They learned to discriminate among olive oils, wines, breads and the region's many restaurants. Carefully underwritten is A YEAR IN PROVENCE. A masterpiece in its unique way of understated story telling. And it makes you want to experience Provence, as my wife and I did last September. *** "Understated" is not the word I would pick to describe the film/dvd of the same name based on the book and sequels. The book makes Provence magical. The movie clumsily showcases Provence as human but, as humans frequently are, as dull, self-absorbed and egotistical. Do not make my mistake of seeing the sub-par film before reading the superb book. I almost chose to skip A YEAR IN PROVENCE, the book. Thank the good Lord I did not. Enjoy! -OOO-"

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